PROTESTS against Donald Trump by sports players came to the UK this week, as American footballers refused to stand for the US national anthem at Wembley Stadium.
The president has accused American footballers and basketball players of disrespecting America, and it’s the latest issue to show just how divided the US is right now.
In the US, most of the top American football and basketball stars are black, and many have been protesting at police brutality and other social issues. The national anthem is played before every match, but players have been linking arms or kneeling in protest. Last weekend, whole teams of players stayed in the dressing room or knelt during the anthem. At Wembley, the Baltimore Ravens and Jacksonville Jaguars both knelt for the US anthem, but stood for God Save The Queen.
Protests started in 2016, but Donald Trump has made it an issue again by saying that fans should boycott matches or that teams should sack protesting players.
Steph Curry, US basketball’s hottest star, turned down an invitation to the White House in protest against the president.
LeBron James, one of the greatest basketball stars of all time, backed Curry. “Going to the White House was an honour until you [Trump] showed up,” he said.